By Brian Lynch
Vancouver actor and rap artist Baba Brinkman has been honoured with a prestigious award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world and the grandaddy of fringe festivals everywhere. Brinkman today received one of the Scotsman Fringe First Awards recognizing outstanding new stage writing at the festival, for his latest work, The Rap Guide to Evolution (available in audio form here).
It may have been just a matter of time before Brinkman’s work got the nod, given how much critical enthusiasm his piece The Rebel Cell managed to whip up at last year’s edition of the Edinburgh Fringe. He’s been turning heads internationally since 2004, when he debuted the work he’s perhaps most widely known for, The Rap Canterbury Tales.
The Olio festival, a new independent festival here, gets up and running tonight on the streets of Gastown, one of four neighbourhoods the festival will take place in.
“(Vancouver is) only 150 years old,” (Olio organizer) Jason Sulyma says.
“Montreal’s 400-plus years old. When you go visit other places that are older, you learn from them.
“It’s like hanging out with your older brother or sister and you start listening to the same records.
“You just take that little mental note from the bigger city and just wait for the time.”
“This whole year has been about doing stuff rather than just talking about it,” says Sulyma.
“We’re just really sick of people yapping away late at night and not doing anything with themselves.”
He laughs: “So we did it pretty much out of spite.”
Still thinking about the Death Cab for Cutie concert at GM Place a few weeks ago and it reminded me of this video.
Does it get better than an acoustic concert in the back of a London Cab?
Obviously the folks at Black Cab Sessions don’t think it does.
Take a look/listen …
These Black Cab Sessions are fantastic. Here’s a link to their website and a blurb from their facebook page:
Conceived and produced by just so films, artist selection by hidden fruit. The sessions are all about great music and the venue strips this to its essence. We aren’t picky about genre and will happily open the cab door to anyone who blows us away.
btw, here’s the song performed onstage by the band.
As always, the Arts Umbrella performance was amazing.
Year in year out the company produces professional calibre shows with kids from 5-20. The kids are dedicated and the instructors, choreographers, volunteers, and technical people running the show all combine to produce some remarkably innovative work.
It’s pretty breathtaking when you consider how little time these kids have been exposed to dance.
Phenomenal originality combined with a remarkable ability to get the best out of all the performers.